Nuno Bettencourt fires back at Richard Fortus after he defends Slash over Rihanna gig comments

Nuno Bettencourt and Richard Fortus
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Nuno Bettencourt has fired back at Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus, who called out the Extreme virtuoso’s suggestions that most of the guitar players he admires – Slash included – would struggle to fill the role of Rihanna’s guitarist.

Last week, Bettencourt spoke to Planet Rock about the diversity required for the role, and claimed that even some of his own guitar heroes “could not in their lifetime play that gig”.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.